TC Winston

More funding needed to help those affected by TC Winston

The Fiji Red Cross Society yesterday announced that they will need more funding to help the 40% of the country’s population that have been affected by the Category 5 storm, the strongest ever to hit Fiji. In making this announcement, Director General, Filipe Nainoca said its more than a month after Cyclone Winston left a […]

Peni Shute

April 1, 2016 8:51 am

The Fiji Red Cross Society yesterday announced that they will need more funding to help the 40% of the country’s population that have been affected by the Category 5 storm, the strongest ever to hit Fiji.

In making this announcement, Director General, Filipe Nainoca said its more than a month after Cyclone Winston left a trail of destruction across Fiji, thousands of people are still in need of urgent assistance.

The Fiji Red Cross is working as fast as it can to help those most affected by this terrible storm. We have assisted more than 47,000 people so far, but there is still much more to do.

Fiji Red Cross Director General Mr. Filipe Nainoca during a press conference. (Peni Shute/Newswire) Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Fiji Red Cross Director General Mr. Filipe Nainoca during a press conference. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Fiji Red Cross has 250 staff and volunteers distributing relief items such as blankets, tarpaulins, tools, and clothing.

The main focus has been on providing emergency shelter materials and psychosocial support to survivors, as well as clean water, sanitation and non-food relief items.

Mr. Nainoca said more funds are needed, both to meet immediate needs, and for what will be a long recovery period.

The Fiji Red Cross Cyclone Winston appeal aims to assist 50,000 people and has so far raised $713,883, but the need is great. More than 60,000 people are homeless, and 100,000 more are living in homes that have been badly damaged.

One hundred thousand people still do not have access to clean water and thousands have no toilets. We are going to be supporting some of those affected by the cyclone for the next year.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is also supporting the Fiji Red Cross operation on the ground and has launched a 7 million Swiss Franc international appeal (Euro 6.4 million. USD 7 million). The appeal is 22% funded.

Many people affected by the storm are showing great resilience. But this is the biggest disaster they’ve ever faced, and the psychological scars will be there for a long time. We will be alongside them as they recover, but need the world’s help to do that.

Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Overview:

  • The Red Cross is working with the Government and other partners to assist those most severely affected by category 5 Cyclone Winston.
  • The Government has extended the State of Emergency, ending 19 April.
  • The number of evacuation centres still open is 26, hosting 361 evacuees. All evacuation centres are in the Eastern Division.
  • 500 schools were damaged and 100 were completely destroyed.
  • Access to safe drinking water has been restored to 150,000 people but 100,000 are still without clean water.
  • A total of 32,200 houses were damaged or destroyed by the cyclone.
  • While humanitarian efforts are well under way to provide temporary shelter, 11,000 households remain in need of shelter toolkits.
  • There is a need for food security for communities who have lost crops and livelihoods.
  • Damage to the sector is estimated at $120 million and 45,000 farmers are affected.
  • Many communities are still in need of proper sanitation with a risk of a rise in water-borne diseases.
  • Many communities also need health outreach and psychosocial support.
  • The number of confirmed deaths remains at 44.

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